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[image]Star Clusters Found in the Milky Way - NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Mercer (Boston University)
A metropolis of stellar activity is captured in these images taken by the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (GLIMPSE) Legacy project. The panoramic image composite (top) captures 8 degrees of our Milky Way galaxy's plane (approximately the width of a fist held up to the sky at arm's length). The red dust clouds have been illuminated by nearby star formation, and indicate the presence of large organic molecules mixed in with the dust...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); Where -- Milky Way Galaxy; Where -- Boston
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[movies]Model Dust Ring - NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Holmes (NRC/JPL)
A 12-second animation shows how ansae are created, by taking a model dust ring and tilting it from a face-on orientation to edge-on.
Downloads: 25
[movies]Spitzer's Second Anniversary - NASA/JPL-Caltech
This video looks at the remarkable first two years of the Spitzer mission, which launched on August 25, 2003.
Downloads: 14
[movies]Video biography of Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. was a true Renaissance man, a perfectionist who excelled at anything he tried. This 5-minute video testifies to his life and influence.
Downloads: 29
[movies]The Launch of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer is portrayed here first in visible light, then against the same background in the infrared.
Keywords: What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 21
[movies]Missing Host Galaxies Found in Infrared - NASA/JPL-Caltech/StScI
In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes. This animation fades between images taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope in the field known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. In the first picture, observations from Chandra show high-energy emissions believed to trace the presence of supermassiv...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- TRACE; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 49
[image]Planet X: New Member of our Solar System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)
This artist's concept shows the planet catalogued as 2003UB313 at the lonely outer fringes of our solar system. Our Sun can be seen in the distance. The new planet, which is yet to be formally named, is at least as big as Pluto and about three times farther away from the Sun than Pluto. It is very cold and dark. The planet was discovered by the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., on Jan...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Pluto
Downloads: 21
[image]Infrared Blastoff - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Still frame from an infrared video of the launch of Spitzer (then known as SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility).
Keywords: What -- SIRTF; What -- Space Infrared Telescope Facility
Downloads: 5
[image]Infrared Blastoff - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Still frame from an infrared video of the launch of Spitzer (then known as SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility).
Keywords: What -- SIRTF; What -- Space Infrared Telescope Facility
Downloads: 5
[image]Size Comparisons - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
The artist's rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to other bodies in the Solar System, including Earth and its Moon; Pluto; and Quaoar, a planetoid beyond Pluto that was until now the largest known object beyond Pluto. The diameter of Sedna is slightly smaller than Pluto's but likely somewhat larger than Quaoar.
Keywords: What -- Sedna; What -- Earth; What -- Moon; What -- Pluto; What -- Quaoar
Downloads: 7
[image]Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head - NASA/JPL-Caltech/D. Barrado y Navascu‘¯_s (LAEFF-INTA)
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. Astronomers suspect that shockwaves from a supernova explosion in Orion's head, nearly three million years ago, may have initiated this newfound birth. The region featured in this Spitzer image is called Barnard 30. It is located approximately 1,300 light-years away and sits on the right side of Orion's head, just north of the massive star Lambda Orionis...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Orion; What -- Earth; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 3
[image]Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her - NASA/JPL-Caltech/O. Krause (Steward Observatory)
This stunning false-color picture shows off the many sides of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. It is made up of images taken by three of NASA's Great Observatories, using three different wavebands of light. Infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope are colored red; visible data from the Hubble Space Telescope are yellow; and X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are green and blue. Located 10,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Cassiopeia, Cassiopeia A is the remna...
Keywords: What -- Cassiopeia; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Constellation; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 13
[image]Exotic World Blisters Under the Sun - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's concept shows a Jupiter-like planet soaking up the scorching rays of its nearby "sun." NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its heat-seeking infrared eyes to figure out that a gas-giant planet like the one depicted here is two-faced, with one side perpetually in the cold dark, and the other forever blistering under the heat of its star. The illustration portrays how the planet would appear to infrared eyes, showing temperature variations across its surface...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Andromeda; What -- Mercury; What -- FAST; What -- Moon; What -- Earth
Downloads: 10
[image]Infrared View of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen at 100 microns (as seen by the IRAS/COBE missions). The cloud complexes around Orion and the disk of the Milky Way are seen behind the observatory.
Keywords: What -- Orion; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 5
[image]Story of Stellar Birth - NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Carey and J. Ingalls (SSC/Caltech)
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals the complex life cycle of young stars, from their dust-shrouded beginnings to their stellar debuts. The stellar nursery was spotted in a cosmic cloud sitting 21,000 light-years away in the Cepheus constellation. A star is born when a dense patch gas and dust collapses inside a cosmic cloud. In the first million years of a star's life, it is hidden from visible-light view by the cloud that created it...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Cepheus; What -- Constellation; What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Earth; What -- Infrared Spectrometer; What -- Spectrometer; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
Downloads: 10
[image]Jupiter-Family Comets - NASA/JPL-Caltech/W. Reach (Caltech)
These images of the Jupiter-family comets Johnson (top) and Shoemaker-Levy 3 (bottom) were both taken with Spitzer's multiband imaging photometer (MIPS) at a wavelength of 24 microns. The fan-shaped region that stretches upward from Johnson's nucleus (yellow ball in the middle) represents the dust "tail" of the comet. Dust tails are created when small particles from a comet are swept backward by the Sun's radiation pressure...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- COMETS; What -- MIPS; What -- TRACE; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 11
[movies]Galactic Fossil Revealed in Infrared Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation demonstrates the power of infrared light to see what visible light cannot -- a newfound bundle of stars called a globular cluster. The movie shifts from a visible-light image to a near-infrared image to a new mid-infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The visible-light image is from the California Institute of Technology's Digitized Sky Survey and the near-infrared image is from the NASA-funded Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS)...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Aquila; Where -- California; Where -- Wyoming
Downloads: 61
[movies]The Making of a Galactic Parallelogram - NASA/JPL-Caltech and A. Quillen (University of Rochester)
In this animation, the elliptical galaxy Centaurus A is seen through the eyes of three different telescopes. Initially, the movie zooms into a visible light picture showing how this galaxy is bisected by an unusual lane of dust, somewhat irregular in appearance. The view fades to reveal the false-colored, near-infrared view of this galaxy as seen by the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). In these longer wavelengths of light, much of the dust has become transparent, allowing us to see more of the...
Keywords: What -- Centaurus; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 60
[movies]Herbig-Haro 46/47 - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)
This 18-second animation zooms in on Herbig-Haro 46/47 and its embedded protostar with molecular outflows. Spitzer/IRAC lifts the cosmic veil and transforms the dark and opaque cloud seen at visible light wavelengths to a spectacular view of a previously unseen protostar and its bipolar outflows.
Keywords: What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 34
[movies]The Launch of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer is portrayed here against an infrared sky.
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[movies]Who Ya Gonna Call? - NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a galactic ghost buster, spotting hidden massive stars and other monsters lurking in our galaxy.
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 45
[movies]Missing Host Galaxies Found in Infrared - NASA/JPL-Caltech/StScI
In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes. This animation fades between images taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope in the field known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. In the first picture, observations from Chandra show high-energy emissions believed to trace the presence of supermassiv...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- TRACE; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 45
[movies]Icy Organics in Planet-Forming Discs - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers are probing the chemistry of circumstellar discs, the dusty discs that surround stars, to understand the first moments in planetary life. Spitzer has turned its ultra-sensitive infrared spectrograph instrument toward five young stars in the constellation Taurus. These stars are still surrounded by thick, dusty discs -- relics of the gravitational collapse that formed them only a few million years ago...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS); What -- Constellation; What -- Taurus
Downloads: 92
[movies]Distant Planet Flaunts its Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a close-up view of a distant giant planet passing behind its star as a regular part of its orbit. By studying "secondary eclipses" like this in infrared light, astronomers can capture and study the direct light of known extrasolar planets. Though they cannot actually distinguish the planet from its star, they can detect changes in the system's total light. Why a secondary eclipse? When a planet transits, or passes in front of, its star, it partially blocks the light...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Jupiter; What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 63
[movies]The Launch of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer ejects its dust cover.
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[image]A Slice of Orion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Megeath (University of Toledo)
This image composite shows a part of the Orion constellation surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The shape of the main image was designed by astronomers to roughly follow the shape of Orion cloud A, an enormous star-making factory containing about 1,800 young stars. This giant cloud includes the famous Orion nebula (bright circular area in "blade" part of hockey stick-shaped box at the bottom), which is visible to the naked eye on a clear, dark night as a fuzzy star in the hunter constel...
Keywords: What -- Orion; What -- Constellation; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 9
[image]Gorilla Black Hole in the Mist - NASA/JPL-Caltech/A. Martinez-Sansigre (Oxford University)
This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a distant galaxy (yellow) that houses a quasar, a super-massive black hole circled by a ring, or torus, of gas and dust. Spitzer's infrared eyes cut through the dust to find this hidden object, which appears to be a member of the long-sought population of missing quasars. The green and blue splotches are galaxies that do not hold quasars...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Very Large Array; Where -- New Mexico
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[image]Luminous Blue Variable: Destined To Be a Supernova? - NASA/JPL-Caltech/N. Smith (UC Berkeley)
A Luminous Blue Variable star (inset) in our galaxy, named HD168625, surrounded by a bipolar nebula that is similar to the one around SN1987A. SN1987A was a supernova that exploded in 1987 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and was the nearest supernova in about 400 years. The diagram explains the bipolar nebula around HD168625, which has a geometry that makes it a near twin of the famous nebula around SN1987A...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Constellation; What -- Sagittarius; Where -- Large Magellanic Cloud
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[image]Once an Onion, Always an Onion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Rudnick (Univ. of Minn.)
This artist's concept illustrates a massive star before and after it blew up in a cataclysmic "supernova" explosion. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that this star -- the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A -- exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart. Cassiopeia A is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Cassiopeia; What -- Constellation; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; What -- Visible Light
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[image]Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head - ASA/JPL-Caltech/D. Barrado y Navascu‘¯_s (LAEFF-INTA)
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. Astronomers suspect that shockwaves from a supernova explosion in Orion's head, nearly three million years ago, may have initiated this newfound birth. The region featured in this Spitzer image is called Barnard 30. It is located approximately 1,300 light-years away and sits on the right side of Orion's head, just north of the massive star Lambda Orionis...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Orion; What -- Earth; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 5
[image]It's a Rocky World - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept show a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun. Evidence for this possible belt was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope when it spotted warm dust around the star, presumably from asteroids smashing together. The view is from outside the belt, where planets like the one shown in the foreground, might possibly reside. A collision between two asteroids is depicted to the right...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Puppis; What -- Venus; What -- Mars; What -- Jupiter; What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS); What -- Saturn
Downloads: 17
[image]Infrared Detective to the Rescue - NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI
In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes. The two rows of this image show two patches of sky, both contained within the field known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. In the first column, observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory show high-energy emissions believed to trace the presence of supermassive black holes, which power the bright ...
Keywords: What -- TRACE; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 6
[image]Birth of an Earth-like Planet - NASA/JPL-Caltech/ C. Lisse (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rocky Earth-like planet is forming around one of the stars. At approximately 10 to 16 million years old, astronomers suspect this star is at just the right age for forming rocky planets. The system is located approximately 424 light-years away from Earth. The two yellow spots in the image represent the system's two stars...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Mars; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- COMETS
Downloads: 11
[image]The Seven Sisters Pose for Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Stauffer (SSC/Caltech)
The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, swaddling them in a cushiony veil. The Pleiades, located more than 400 light-years away in the Taurus constellation, are the subject of many legends and writings. Greek mythology holds that the flock of stars was transformed into celestial doves by Zeus to save them from a pursuant Orion...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Taurus; What -- Constellation; What -- Orion; What -- Earth; What -- Sun; What -- Atlas; What -- Pleione; What -- ALCYONE; What -- Electra; What -- Maia; What -- Merope; What -- Taygeta; What -- Celaeno; What -- Asterope
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[image]The Launch of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer is portrayed here first in visible light, then against the same background in the infrared.
Keywords: What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 8
[image]Spitzer's Solar Panels Shield the Observatory from the Sun - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen at 100 microns (as seen by the IRAS/COBE missions). The Spitzer solar panels also double as a solar shield that always faces the sun, protecting the cold observatory from the sun's heat.
Keywords: What -- Sun; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 6
[image]Stellar Jets - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist concept illustrates jets of material shooting out from the neutron star in the binary system 4U 0614+091. Astronomers using the Spitzer Space Telescope found these remarkable jets, which are streaming into space at nearly the speed of light. Until this observation, astronomers thought that the ability to shoot such continuous jets into space was unique to black holes. The 4U 0614+091 system contains two stellar corpses, remnants of long-dead stars...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; What -- Saturn
Downloads: 9
[image]TLRBSE Spitzer Teachers - NOAO
The "Teacher Leaders in Research Based Science Education" Spitzer Teachers in front of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory main buildiing in Tucson, Ariz.
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[image]Kepler's Supernova Remnant: Views from Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer - NASA/ESA/R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University)
These images represent views of Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation. Each top panel shows the entire remnant. Each color in this image represents a different region of the electromagnetic spectrum, from X-rays to infrared light. The X-ray and infrared data cannot be seen with the human eye. Astronomers have color-coded those data so they can be seen in these images...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 8
[image]The Rocky World of Young Planetary Systems - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept illustrates how planetary systems arise out of massive collisions between rocky bodies. New findings from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that these catastrophes continue to occur around stars even after they have developed full-sized planets, when they are as old as one hundred million years. For reference, our own Sun, at 4.5 billion years old, is far past this late stage of planet formation...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun
Downloads: 11
[image]Stars Can't Spin Out of Control - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's concept shows a dusty planet-forming disk in orbit around a whirling young star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that disks like this one can slow their stars down, which prevents the stars from spinning themselves to death. A developing star is essentially a giant ball of gas that is collapsing onto itself. As it shrinks, it spins faster and faster, like a skater folding in his or her arms...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- FAST; What -- Saturn; What -- Orion
Downloads: 8
[image]Spitzer's Delta II and Gantry in Visible and Infrared Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R.Hurt
This side-by-side comparison image shows Spitzer's Delta II rocket in the late afternoon before launch. On the left is a photograph in visible light, while on the right is a false-color infrared image showing the launch vehicle in the way Spitzer would see it. The coldest surfaces in the infrared image are blue/black while the hottest ones are yellow/white. The comparison between these two images reveals many interesting features of infrared light...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- TRACE
Downloads: 4
[image]Forensic Evidence of a Galactic Collision - NASA/JPL-Caltech/D. Block (Anglo American Cosmic Dust Lab, SA)
Astronomers have new evidence that the Andromeda spiral galaxy was involved in a violent head-on collision with the neighboring dwarf galaxy Messier 32 (M32) more than 200 million years ago. Infrared photographs taken with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope revealed a never-before-seen dust ring deep within the Andromeda galaxy. When combined with a previously observed outer ring, the presence of both dust rings suggests that M32 plunged through the disk of Andromeda along Andromeda's polar axis app...
Keywords: What -- Andromeda; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Polar; Where -- dwarf galaxy; Where -- M32
Downloads: 8
[image]Three Faces of Andromeda - NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Gordon (University of Arizona)
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured stunning infrared views of the famous Andromeda galaxy to reveal insights that were only hinted at in visible light. Spitzer's 24-micron mosaic (top panel) is the sharpest image ever taken of the dust in another spiral galaxy. This is possible because Andromeda is a close neighbor to the Milky Way at a mere 2.5 million light-years away. The Spitzer multiband imaging photometer's 24-micron detector recorded 11,000 separate snapshots to create this new c...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Andromeda; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 22
[image]Infrared View of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen at 100 microns (as seen by the IRAS/COBE missions). The disk of the Milky Way near the Rho Ophiuchi star formation region extends behind Spitzer.
Keywords: Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 7
[image]Steamy Solar System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This diagram illustrates the earliest journeys of water in a young, forming star system. Stars are born out of icy cocoons of gas and dust. As the cocoon collapses under its own weight in an inside-out fashion, a stellar embryo forms at the center surrounded by a dense, dusty disk. The stellar embryo "feeds" from the disk for a few million years, while material in the disk begins to clump together to form planets...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS); Where -- NGC 1
Downloads: 9
[image]Where Galactic Snakes Live (Artistically Enhanced) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Carey (SSC/Caltech)
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what astronomers are referring to as a "snake" (upper left) and its surrounding stormy environment. The sinuous object is actually the core of a thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems. In fact, astronomers say the "snake's belly" may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming. The galactic creepy crawler to the right of the snake is another thick cloud core, in which additional burgeoning massive ...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Constellation; What -- Sagittarius; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 9
[image]Comet Stepping Stones - NASA/JPL-Caltech/W. Reach (SSC)
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three of the many fragments making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3. The infrared picture also provides the best look yet at the crumbling comet's trail of debris, seen here as a bridge connecting the larger fragments. The comet circles around our sun every 5.4 years. In 1995, it splintered apart into four pieces, labeled A through D, with C being the biggest...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- COMETS; What -- Sun; What -- Earth
Downloads: 8
[image]The Sword of Orion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Megeath (University of Toledo)
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, 1,450 light-years from Earth. The nebula is close enough to appear to the naked eye as a fuzzy star in the sword of the popular hunter constellation. The nebula itself is located on the lower half of the image, surrounded by a ring of dust. It formed in a cold cloud of gas and dust and contains about 1,000 young stars...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Orion; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Sun; What -- Aqua
Downloads: 8
[image]Infrared View of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen at 100 microns (as seen by the IRAS/COBE missions). Spitzer looks towards the Rho Ophiuchi star-formation region looming just above the disk of the Milky Way.
Keywords: Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 12
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